A must for opera lovers, Sant'Andrea della Valle is the church in which the action of the first act of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca takes place. The church’s façade is characterized by an interesting “daily event” of XVII century Rome: there is only one angel on the left side of the façade, while the angel on the right is missing. This is due to the sculptor of the statue who, offended by the critics of the commissioner of the statue, refused to sculpt the other one on the right. As a result, the other angel was never sculpted and the façade only has a single angel. The inside is magnificent, with the XVII century “Crucifiction of Saint Andrew” and “Saint Andrew’s Martyrdom” by Mattia Preti. The church’s dome is also the second biggest in the city after Saint Peter’s.
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